|One of the most oft reproduced pics of Dan I've seen. A|
photo I took of him with the Spectors at the Court Tavern
New Brunswick, NJ October 1994
Here's my favorite and his last one from 2014. These videos only scratch the surface on what a funny guy he was. He was also a multi talented instrumentalist playing guitar, drums and keyboards in well over half a dozen bands but above all he was an amazing all round great guy just ask anyone who knew him. In April I flew out for a benefit gig held on his behalf at the Eagles Club in Minneapolis. It was packed to the rafters. Never in my life have I ever felt such an outpouring of warmth in one place as friends, family, band mates, neighbors, old classmates and strangers raised $22,000 through an evening of music. Dan surprised us all by not only showing up but joining several bands onstage to play, including joining The Spectors on "Save My Soul" for a full fledged reunion . The organizers of the event asked that people be respectful of Dan's health by not hugging him or crowding him. I don't think I could have just walked up and waved to him without giving him a big hug or a sloppy kiss so I stayed back. As loads of people surrounded him all night I realized I wanted him to have time with those around him so I watched, from a distance. He knew I was there and that's all that mattered and I suck at goodbyes. Goodbye Dan, I'll never forget you or the frozen ham you nicked from a certain club's kitchen to compensate for letting the Spectors crash at my pad two nights in a row in '94.
Dan leaves behind a wife and two children. A public funeral service will be held on Thursday June 25th at 2 PM at Christ Lutheran Church, 150 5th, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota 55047.
|Dan onstage with The Spectors,|
The Funhouse, Bethlehem, PA December 1993
Dan's music with the Spectors is available on a compilation CD put out on Get Hip called "Beat Is Murder". You can hear him singing lead on this wiggy version of Fire's "Treacle Toffee World" here on YouTube:
And you can check Dan out in action way back when on MN public access TV rocking out to the Attack's "Magic In The Air" here.
|Dan at the kit backing the late Gary Burger of The Monks|
January 2012 Minneapolis, MN